May 1937 in History

Events in History

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May 1 FDR signs act of neutrality

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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May 3 Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With the Wind"

CommunicationHindenburg Disaster

May 6 German airship Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, NJ (36 die)

  • May 10 Busmen strike in London
  • May 12 Coronation of King George VI of Great Britain (and his other realms and territories beyond the sea) at Westminster Abbey.
  • May 17 Juan Negrin succeeds Largo Caballero as Spain's premier
  • May 19 John Murray/Allen Boretz's "Room Service" premieres in NYC
  • May 25 1st airmail letter to circle globe returns to NY
  • May 26 Dutch Rail NV at law forms
  • May 26 San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opens
  • May 27 Carl Hubbell wins his 24th consecutive game (since July 17, 1936)
  • May 27 Golden Gate Bridge, SF, dedicated
  • May 28 Golden Gate Bridge in SF opens to vehicular traffic

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May 28 Neville Chamberlain becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain
  • May 30 Memorial Day Massacre - Chicago police shoot on union marchers, 10 die
  • May 30 Police kill 10 strikers at Republic Steel Plant in Chicago
  • May 31 1st quadruplets to finish college (Baylor University)
  • May 31 German battleships bombard Almeria, Spain

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Gisela Elsner, German writer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1992)
  • May 3 Nélida Piñon, Brazilian writer
  • May 5 Rob Van Gennep, publisher
  • May 8 Daniel Robberechts, Belgian writer (Labia Majora)
  • May 8 Dennis DeConcini, (Sen-D-AZ, 1977- )
  • May 8 Michael Simmons, Air Marshal (British Ministry of Defense)
  • May 8 Thomas Pynchon, novelist (V, Gravity's Rainbow), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • May 8 Carlos Gaviria Díaz, Colombian politician
  • May 9 José Rafael Moneo, Spanish architect
  • May 10 Arthur Kopit, US playwright ('Wings', 'Nine'), born in New York City
  • May 12 Gerry E Studds, (Rep-D-MA, 1973- )
  • May 13 John Cope, MP/Paymaster General
  • May 13 Roger [Joseph] Zelazny, sci-fi author (6 Hugos, Chronicles of Amber)

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May 13 Roch Carrier, Canadian novelist (The Hockey Sweater), born in Sainte-Justine, Quebec

Novelist and Author of
Novelist and Author of "contes"
Roch Carrier
  • May 13 Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio
  • May 15 Madeleine Albright, Prague Czechoslovakia, American politician and diplomat and 1st female U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001)
  • May 16 James Hunt Jr, (Gov-NC)
  • May 17 Hazel R. O'Leary, United States Secretary of Energy
  • May 18 Jacques Santer, Pres (European Commission)
  • May 19 Sanne Sannes, Dutch photographer
  • May 20 Benjamin Guinness, 3rd Earl of Iveagh, British brewer (Guinness) and large landowner (d. 1992)
  • May 29 Charles W. Pickering, American judge
  • May 30 Arthur C. Jacobs, Scottish poet, born in Glasgow (d. 1994)
  • May 31 Vladislav Ivanovich Gulyayev, Russia, cosmonaut

Deaths in History

  • May 9 Walter Mittelholzer, Swiss aviation pioneer, dies in crash at 43
  • May 13 Ekaterina Geladze, mother of Joseph Stalin (b. 1858)
  • May 15 Phillip Snowden, British politician first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, dies at 72
  • May 23 John Davison Rockfeller, industrialist, dies at 97 in Ormond Beach Fla

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May 23 John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist and philanthropist, dies at 97

Oil Industrialist John D. Rockefeller
Oil Industrialist
John D. Rockefeller
  • May 25 Henry O Tanner, artist, dies
  • May 28 Alfred Adler, Austria psychiatrist (Individual Psychology), dies at 67